Instructional Music Faculty at AFTA

AFTA offers an impressive instructional faculty covering a diverse range of musical disciplines with an abundance of professional experience and accomplishments.

From piano lessons for beginners through advanced voice training, our music instructors have rich and diverse backgrounds in performance and teaching.

Organ, Piano, and Percussion Lessons

Tate Addis – Piano and Organ Teacher

Tate Addis, piano and organ instructorTate received a Bachelor of Music (piano) degree from Wichita State University, and a Master of Music and Artist’s Certificate (piano) from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance under Robert Weirich. While in Kansas City, Tate served as organist at Second Presbyterian Church from 2008-2013. He graduated from Yale University’s School of Sacred Music in May of 2015 with a Master’s in Organ Performance. >>MORE

David Bruce – Percussion Teacher

Instructional Faculty, David Bruce, percussion instructorDavid Bruce is percussion/drum set instructor at Montreat College. Additionally, he has taught private concert percussion lessons and drum set lessons to over 100 students, many of whom have received honors in All-County, All-District, and All-State competitions. He is a percussionist with the Asheville Lyric Opera, the Asheville Community Theater and the Haywood Arts Regional Theater. >>MORE

David Foster – Piano and Organ Teacher

David Foster, piano and organ instructor
David Foster holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, and a Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University; all three degrees were in organ performance. He was a Fulbright scholar for two years, studying under Michael Schneider in Köln, Germany. David served as organist at First Baptist Church of Asheville for over thirty-seven years. >>MORE

Ko Eun (Grace) Lee – Piano Teacher

South Korean native Koeun Grace Lee celebrates her first debut with Pan Harmonia this season (2018 – 19). She is an avid performer, educator, and conference lecturer across the U.S. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and a Post Master’s Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy and an Artist Diploma from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. >>MORE

Clark Sorrells – Piano and Voice Teacher

Clark Sorrells, piano and voice instructionClark Sorrells holds a Bachelor of Music from Carson Newman University, Jefferson City, Tennessee and a Master of Music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. Clark has taught private piano lessons and voice lessons for over 30 years. He is an accomplished performer in both disciplines, and a published composer of solo piano and choral works. Besides teaching music lessons at AFTA, Clark is Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Asheville. >>MORE

Karen Sorrells – Piano Teacher

Karen Sorrells, piano instructorKaren Sorrells is Director of AFTA as well as Associate Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Asheville where she leads and works with various choirs, as well as playing piano for worship. For several years, Karen has taught at the Fine Arts Summer Academy with the Annie Moses Band in Nashville, TN. Karen spends a lot of time working with children’s choir, but has also taught at the college level. She has taught private piano lessons for over 30 years. >>MORE

String Lessons

Callie Brennan – Violin Teacher

Callie Brennan hails from the sunny state of Maine, where she first held a violin at the tender age of four. Throughout her childhood she studied with Ronald Lantz of the Portland String Quartet and received regular coaching in chamber music from the PSQ. At 17, she moved to Colorado to pursue a Bachelor’s degree, studying with Lina Bahn and Harumi Rhodes, as well as Ole Bohn at the Sydney Conservatorium for several months while abroad in Australia. This travel spurred her to look abroad for postgraduate study; specifically, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.  >>MORE

Michael Di Trolio – String Bass Teacher

Michael Di Trolio is a member of Asheville Symphony, Roanoke Symphony and Opera, and Western Piedmont Symphony.  He has held the positions of Principal Bass with Paradise Symphony (CA) and Associate Principal Bass with the Fayetteville Symphony (NC).  He regularly appears with other orchestras throughout the Southeastern United States. His chamber music activities have included performances with Charleston Symphony and Asheville Symphony’s educational outreach string quintet. In 2008 Michael was invited to play as Guest Principal Bass with the Amman Symphony in Jordan. >>MORE

Frances Duff – Cello Teacher

Frances Duff, cello teacherWith her professional experience, a Master of Music degree, and certification in the Suzuki teaching method, Frances is certainly a talented cello teacher. She began her cello studies in junior high school and moved on to the prestigious Conservatoire de musique de Quebec in Montreal and then McGill University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music. She is currently principal cello and assistant principal cello with local Symphony orchestras. >>MORE

Josh Goforth – Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, and Bass Teacher

Josh Goforth, fiddle and banjo lessonsJosh is an award-winning Master Fiddler whose passion is encouraging a love of traditional music through teaching fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass and banjo lessons. Goforth is already much in demand as a music teacher and performs full time as well. He has performed all over the world and received a Grammy nomination in a collaboration with David Holt. One of his goals is to increase youth interest in traditional music. >>MORE

Lelia Lattimore – Harp Teacher

Lelia Lattimore, teaches how to play the harpMrs. Lattimore is happy teaching harp to students of all ages, from those needing to select their first instrument, to those preparing for auditions and recitals. Lelia has been a professional harpist for 30 years. She is the principal harpist with the Asheville Symphony, the Hendersonville Symphony, the Brevard Philharmonic and the Johnson City Symphony. As a freelance musician, Mrs. Lattimore has shared the stage with musical greats such as Ray Charles, Robert Goulet, CeCe Winans and more. >>MORE

Tim McWilliams – Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, and Ukulele Teacher

Tim McWilliams is an accomplished flat-picking and finger-style guitarist, embodying the diverse roots music traditions of Western North Carolina.  Upon receiving his M.A. in Appalachian Music: Roots & Influences from Appalachian State University in 2014,Tim launched his career as a professional musician with a three month cross-country tour.  Since then, he has performed full-time as a guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, and banjoist with the acoustic roots group Redleg Husky. >>MORE

Andrea Pettigrew – Violin Teacher

Andrea Pettigrew began studying the violin at the age of 10 and makes her living as an orchestral and chamber musician throughout the Southeast. She is a member of the Asheville Symphony, the Savannah Philharmonic, and the Greenville Symphony. Andrea maintains a thriving private teaching studio in Asheville and Hendersonville made up of students of all ages. She has 25 years of teaching experience and is also recently certified in Suzuki Pre-Twinkle and Book 1 training. >>MORE

Karen Pommerich – Violin and Viola Teacher

Karen Pommerich is an active chamber musician and orchestral performer. A violinist with Asheville’s Opal String Quartet, she also performs frequently with the Charlotte Symphony and Asheville Symphony, and is a member of IRIS Orchestra (Germantown, Tennessee) and the Colorado Music Festival (Boulder). Previously she played full-time for 16 seasons in the 1st violin section of the Jacksonville Symphony, and has served as Principal 2nd Violin of the Sarasota Opera and Tallahassee Symphony. >>MORE

 Ben Smith – Cello Teacher

Benjamin Smith, a native of Spartanburg, SC, holds a B.A. in Music from Florida State University, an M.M. in Music Business and Entertainment Industries from the University of Miami. He is an extremely active professional cellist in Western North Carolina and the Upstate of South Carolina, performing with many orchestras, chamber ensembles, and in solo performances. Mr. Smith is an Adjunct Instructor of Cello and Chamber Music, and directs the String Camerata at the University of North Carolina Asheville.  >>MORE

Jerry Sutton – Guitar, Banjo, and Ukulele Teacher

Jerry Sutton, widely respected as one of the “hottest old time pickers around,” brings to AFTA a life-time of playing experience and uniquely personal teaching style for students of the 6-string guitar and the 5-string banjo. Family and friends alike cite him as an important musical mentor. He can be heard on recordings with his father, Grover Sutton, with the Hominy Valley String Band and the Pisgah Pickers, as well as with his son Bryan on Sugar Hill Records. >>MORE

Katie Waldren – Hammered Dulcimer and Lap Dulcimer Teacher

KatieWaldrenKatie found her musical voice on the lap dulcimer in 1971. Swept up by the dulcimer’s uniqueness, Katie began integrating its sound with other instruments at churches & coffee houses from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest. In 1979, she relocated to NC, immersing herself in the musical culture of Madison County. She founded The Western North Carolina Dulcimer Collective in 1981 and began her series of Mountain Dulcimer Companion books. >>MORE

Natalya Weinstein – Fiddle Teacher

Natalya Weinstein is an accomplished fiddler, singer, and teacher in a variety of styles including bluegrass, old-time, and klezmer. While classically trained in her home state of Massachusetts, Natalya has made Asheville her home since 2004. She currently performs with her husband, John Cloyd Miller, in the duo Zoe & Cloyd, and the Americana trio Red June. Natalya comes from a musical family: her father is a master jazz pianist and her grandfather, originally from Russia, was a professional klezmer musician. >>MORE

Woodwind and Brass Lessons

Rosalind Buda – Bassoon Teacher

Rosalind Buda, bassoon instructorBassoonist Rosalind Buda, is an active chamber musician, orchestral musician, and teacher in Asheville, NC. In addition to teaching at Academy for the Arts, Rosalind is adjunct professor of bassoon at Brevard College, Mars Hill University, Gardner-Webb University, and has been a guest teacher at Eastern Tennessee State University. As a teacher, she helps students gain confidence, develop good practice techniques, form personal goals, and seek out performance experiences. >>MORE

Brian Garland – Trumpet Teacher

Brian Garland studied trumpet performance at the Boston Conservatory earning a Master’s of Music and received a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While living in Boston he performed throughout the city with the Accent Brass Quintet and the New England Philharmonic. As a pedagogue Brian specializes in orchestral studies, classical solo literature, and brass quintet repertoire. >>MORE

Michael Hosford – Euphonium, Trombone, and Tuba Teacher

Michael Hosford, trombone instructorMichael Hosford studied at Oberlin Conservatory and completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Trombone Performance at the Juilliard School, studying with Per Brevig (Metropolitan Opera) and Michael Powell (American Brass Quintet) respectively. He performed with such world-class ensembles as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, and for the Broadway productions of The King and I, 1776, Candide, Les Miserables, The Music Man, Parade, and The Lion King. >>MORE

Taylor Massey – Clarinet Teacher

Taylor Massey is in demand in the southeast region as principal clarinet with Symphony Orchestra Augusta and performances with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, and Savannah Philharmonic. Outside of the southeast, he has served as principal clarinet of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. In addition to orchestral performances, he has been a featured soloist with Symphony Orchestra Augusta on multiple occasions, Savannah River Winds,  Carolina Youth Symphony, and…. >>MORE

Frank Southecorvo – Saxophone Teacher

Frank Southecorvo, saxophone teacherFrank Southecorvo teaches all levels of saxophone students and, in addition to teaching saxophone technique, enjoys teaching improvisation. He plays alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, splitting his time between teaching and playing with a variety of jazz, blues, and dance bands. Current bands include: Blind Lemon Phillips blues band, The Asheville Jazz Orchestra Big Band, Up Jumped Three Jazz Trio and Orange Krush Dance Band. >>MORE

Kate Steinbeck – Flute Teacher

Kate Steinbeck is recognized across the US and abroad as a passionate teacher, unique interpreter and innovative music producer with repertoire that ranges from Bach to Balinese. She loves teaching and revels in guiding students of all ages to discover the joy of making music and to achieve new levels of accomplishment and self-awareness. Her flute has taken her on many adventures and remarkable journeys. >>MORE

Kevin Young – Trumpet Teacher

Kevin Young, a native of Weaverville, NC, is a sought out trumpeter, adjudicator, and teacher throughout Western NC. Currently in his sixth year of teaching, Young has served as the Band Director at Enka High School for two years. Prior to Enka, he was the director at Asheville Middle School, where his ensembles received “superior” ratings in concert and jazz music performance adjudication events. >>MORE

Voice Lessons

Randall Outland – Voice Teacher and Opera Workshop

Tenor Randall Outland’s talents as a singer/actor led to his engagements in leading roles in major opera houses in Europe, in Scandinavia, Israel, and in North and South America. His operatic repertoire spans the history of opera, from the works of Monteverdi, Handel and Mozart to the twentieth century works of Richard Strauss, Hans Werner Henze, Leos Janácêk, and Benjamin Britten. Mr. Outland has sung twenty-six roles in thirty-four different productions. He has collaborated with world–renowned conductors, and his stage experience has included work with the most notable stage directors of his time. >>MORE

Clark Sorrells – Voice and Piano Teacher

Clark Sorrells, voice instructorClark teaches Voice as well as Piano. See his summary above. >>MORE

Simone Vigilante – Voice Teacher

Simone Vigilante, voice instructorSimone Vigilante began her studies at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY in piano but furthered her studies in Vocal Performance, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms. Vigilante immediately continued her studies at America’s largest operatic training ground, Indiana University of Bloomington, from which she received a Masters in Music degree and completed some doctoral studies. >>MORE


Vance Reese – Faculty Accompanist

Vance Reese, organ and bass instructorDr. Reese has a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from Southern Methodist University, a Masters of Music degree in sacred music from Scarritt College (Nashville), and a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University (DM in ’97) in the areas of organ, sacred music, and music history. Since that time he has performed in the Asheville area as an organist, bassist, and soloist. Recently, Dr. Reese wrote a children’s opera which was produced in 2014. >>MORE